Brian Solomon, author of Godzilla FAQ, sat down with Fox News to discuss the godzilla character with the new release of Toho Films, Shin Godzilla. He briefly shares his thoughts on the character plus more.
The latest release of Godzilla by Toho Films is its first since 2004. That film, Godzilla: Final Wars, was intended to retire the character for at least a decade. Since then there have been 28 versions over the course of 62 years. This 2016 release, Shin Godzilla, hones in on the essence of the horrifying character that was created with the initial release in 1954.
The film is kind of not looking to remake that because it’s not a remake of the plot, but they’re looking to recapture that horror and kind of reinvent the character.
Brian was the perfect person to explaining the character and popularity surrounding it since he discusses Godzilla further in his upcoming release, Godzilla FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the King of Monsters. The book will explore the many facets of the monumental, fire-breathing radioactive lizard that has roared his way into our hearts over a 60-year reign of terror. But more than just a movie monster, he has become a pop-culture avatar, pervading our consciousness as few fictional creations have. Now, Godzilla FAQ take readers on a headlong dive into the depths of this unstoppable cinematic force of nature.
When asked if the Godzilla character was a metaphor to the United States, Brian shared how there were some parallels.
I enjoy the parallel of seeing Godzilla as a symbol of something else.
Godzilla FAQ will be released May 23, 2017. To preorder the book, click here.
Listen to the Fox News interview in its entirety here.
Brian Solomon is a former editor and writer for WWE, having worked on such publications as WWE, Raw, and SmackDown!, which he launched during his surreal seven-year tenure with the company. He is the author of WWE Legends, Pro Wrestling FAQ, and has also contributed to Pro Wrestling Illustrated. He speaks publicly on his experience in the business as part of New York’s acclaimed Kevin Geeks Out series.
Elliott Landy is a phenomenal photographer with a 40+ year career having documented the classic rock-and-roll era with greats such as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix to name a few. He recently sat down with Laura Ingle on Fox News Radio’s, “Bonus Track,” to discuss his latest book, The Band Photographs 1968-1969.
I designed and created this book entirely in my own studio, with complete creative control. Because of this, I was able to lay out the photos as I wanted, in order to create the most harmonious visual book experience and communicate what was going on in front of the camera.
Landy had taken photos for the band through the production of their first two albums, Music from Big Pink and The Band, producing over 12,000 photos. The Band Photographs 1968-1969 features 200 of those, more than half had never been published before.
This interview comes just in time for the 40th anniversary The Band’s farewell concert appearance, The Last Waltz. The concert took place on Thanksgiving Day in 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. It was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary under the same name in 1978. To this day, the concert is still referred to as the best of its time.
When I knew them, it was pure brotherhood in the best sense of it
The Band Photographs 1968-1969 is Elliot Landy’s chronicle of the Band from 1968-1969. The mutual trust and collaborative partnership was so deep that this collection of photographs forms an intimate portrait of the a group of miscians not only engaged in their craft, but captured as they created a new genre of music.
The book features commentary from John Simon who produced the Band’s first two albums and was considered the Band’s sixth member. There is also an introduction by Jonathan Taplin, their tour manager form 1969-1972.
When they made music, all they wanted to do is that music to come out right. So that’s what I hope they’ll take away from this, is peace and love.
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Guest Blogger: Moses Avalon, author of many music business books, including 100 Answers to 50 Questions on the Music Business and Confessions of a Record Producer. Check out all his books here. Watch Avalon Wednesday (July 24th) morning on Fox News on Varney & Co. at 9:20am-11am EST. He will be discussing streaming music’s effect on the music industry. The following is a teaser from his blog on this topic. Visit mosesavalon.com to read the entire article.
Will subscription services, like Spotify & Last.FMobsoletize the need or desire to own music files, thus killing the lifeline of artist and record company revenue?
Some say not enough people will pay for music monthly (as if it were electricity) for it to be sustainable. Who’s being realistic verses who is being romantic can be hard to pinpoint if you don’t know the player’s agendas. In this three-part series internationally recognized music business expert Moses Avalon will try to bring clarity to this latest deep disruption to the music space.
Part 1: Why Major Labels Love Getting Pennies Instead of Dollars
In 2001 the Internet community declared the music industry DOA, predicating total decimation by illegal P2P file sharing services within five years. The major record labels disagreed.
Today, after a decade of lawsuits and lobbying major labels make about the same revenue from albums while selling 30% less units then they did in the pre-Internet era. (1989-2000: $48.6B, 2001-2011: $53.3B)
Tortured album sales (which inched ahead since 2010 with the death of the two biggest illegal P2P services: Limewire and Kazaa) has inspired cost-cutting in the supply chain, thus reducing royalties and fees paid to music creators. Net result: the industry has hovered at $10 Billion a year and thus-far survived the Internet transition many other industries have failed to do. Score one (a big one) for the majors.
But will it matter?
The latest music Armageddon theory is that subscription based streaming services like, Spotify, MOG, Last.fm and Rdio (“Streaming”) will cannibalize recording artist’s main revenue: ownership, both of physical CDs and downloads from stores like iTunes and Amazon.
Why buy and maintain files if you can stream them on demand any time, anywhere, through any device for nine bucks a month?
The industry jargon for this is called going from an “ownership model to an access model.”
Keep reading this article on Moses Avalon’s blog!
For the first time, industry expert Moses Avalon, the author of truth-to-power tomes likeConfessions of a Record Producer and Secrets of Negotiating a Record Contract, answers readers’ questions directly in this pointed analysis of business issues for musicians, producers, and managers. Chosen from questions submitted by readers of Avalon’s popular blog, the 50 questions he addresses in this book represent the most pressing issues in the modern music business, and his no-nonsense answers make up an essential “cheat sheet” for anyone looking to break into this challenging industry.